Sour Cream Scones

Scones, at least for me, were always a vehicle for butter and sticky, fruity jam! And not all scones are the same, either.
As a young girl at a Scottish boarding school, scones became my most coveted tea time treat. They were not at all like the light, flaky, little bundles of deliciousness served today. They were more of a dense, dry biscuit… and a vehicle to eat butter and jam!
I like these Sour Cream Scones because they are very basic, yet so light and yummy… and a great vehicle for butter and jam. Some things never change!
Sour Cream Scones
2 cups  flour
3 TBS sugar
2 TBS baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 TBS butter, cubed
1 cup sour cream
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sanding sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Add the cubed butter until a coarse meal forms. Pulse in the sour cream and egg yolk until just combined.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough comes together into a ball.

Gently pat the dough down into a 3/4 inch thick square shape.
 With a large knife cut the dough square into 4 smaller, equal squares.
 Then cut each smaller square diagonally, with an X, making 4 smaller triangles.

Transfer the 16 triangles onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush the tops of each scone with heavy cream and sprinkle it with sanding sugar. This will create a shiny and crunchy top for the scones.


  Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes until the bottoms of the scones are light brown.
Remove from oven, cool slightly on the sheet pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Ignore the last instructions and eat warm!
Slather with butter, jam or lemon curd. Delicious!

Lots of finger licking and lip smaking enhances the flavor!
I am participating in PINK SATURDAY  with Beverly at How Sweet The Sound. If you love all things pink, this is the place to be!


  1. says

    As if I didn’t eat enough junk over the holidays, now I have to make scones! They look wonderful. I was wondering if it is ok to eat them with pinky finger down? Remembering to keep pinky up just slows down the whole stuffing my face ritual.

  2. says

    mmmmmm… those look good. It looks like I’ll be making some scones. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the step by step photo tutorial.

  3. says

    I have always wanted to try baking scones…this recipe may just be my first attempt! Gorgeous pics as usual! Thank you for sharing this treat with us!

  4. says

    Oh my goodness, I will be over in two minutes! I might require a bib! 😉 My mama just made you French Onion Soup recipe this week~It was delicious!!!! So Savory!

    Your pictures are beautiful, I could almost taste the scones!

    Love Carissa

  5. says

    My husband has been in search of the perfect scone–like the ones he had at his English boarding school!! Maybe you two are kindred boarding school spirits. Scones were his favorites but he won’t touch tapioca pudding since they were served it far too often. Alas, scones were for special occasions. Hmm, should I surprise him with your scones or give him your recipe?
    Either way, they must be slathered with good butter and jam.

    Have a delicious weekend, Yvonne!!


  6. says

    O*M*Gosh! These look incredible! I have never made scones cause the dry(ish) texture never really appealed to me. THESE, however, sound DELISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for the step by step. XO, Pinky

  7. says

    I absolutley love scones and I make them all the time. Yours look delicious and your photos are amazing! Maybe it’s my Scottish heritage:-)I love coming by your blog to visit!

  8. says

    Oh gorgeous!
    Pictures and recipe both.
    Your beautiful sour cream scones are like plain Jane biscuits with an Elizabeth Arden makeover.
    They are good looking, and I know they’d taste great as well.
    I’m passing this on to my tea-time loving daughter!

  9. says


    Goodness ..I just gained a good five pounds drooling over those photos ! Darn, wish I were skinny !

    And using the sour cream would really make those scones the best!

    I will have to try them soon !

    Thanks for the recipe !
    And I am part Scot Irish ! :o)


  10. says

    I just love scones and you make baking them look like art! You even make a raw egg look fabulous! Wish I had some popping out of the oven right now.

    Growing up for me scones were fresh dough pan fried and we would split them and add wonderful Wisconsin cheese that melted from the heat. Then I moved out west and they were deep fried donut type treats. Then as an adult I learned about English scones. Yum, I am not too picky, they are all great.

  11. says

    Yum-o-lish-us!!! I love my scones covered in sanding sugar and served with lemon curd and clotted cream – heaven!

    Did I ever tell you one of my parents was born and raised in Scotland? Talk to you later.


  12. says

    I visited Scotland many years ago, it has remained one of my favorite places on earth. These scones look delicious. I’ve never tried making them from scratch. This recipe may just do the trick. Thanks for the step by step. :)

  13. says

    Tea Time magazine is always suggesting scones and tea. .. but I’ve never made scones. The majority of the recipes seemed as if there were just too many steps for me to tackle. Until now! This tutortial makes sense and appears easy enough for me to attempt! ! !Thank you for this amazing post today. I am truly inspired!

  14. says

    Yvonne, I am sitting here thinking I need to get some of this weight off and you entice me with scones. Thank you. No, really those look really good and I didn’t know you went to a Scottish boarding school. Have a good weekend.

  15. says

    Oh my goodness! I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. I have been looking for a basic recipe. sounds delicious. Your photos are super. Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. says

    These scones look just fantastic! I love, LOVE scones and have my usual cream scone recipe that calls for heavy whipping cream. I must try yours, too, though – they sound and look incredible. =) Mmmmm….

  17. says

    Yvonne, I can’t wait to make these scones. I’ve been looking for a recipe. If these are like everything else you’ve made, they will be fabulous. I made several of your recipes for my family over Christmas. They are now making them for their families. Love, love love your posts!

  18. says

    Yvonne, this look so yummy! The photography is so great, too! I love the step-by-step because I am a challenged baker! Everything I have made by you is the BEST! I will give it a try! BTW…the granola was a hit for Christmas! I have given out the recipe so many times!! Blessings, Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  19. says

    Happy Pink Saturday, dear Yvonne. I am so glad to find you here this morning.

    You had me with the first mention of warm scones. I would love mine with lemon curd – or raspberries or apricots. Ah, heck! I would love one period.

    I think Stone Gable should be an inn. I would be your number one guest. I’m certain you make everyone feel special.

  20. says

    You went to a Scottish boarding school? Okay…I want details!

    Scones are a favorite at our house. You’ve inspired me to whip up a batch this afternoon. I generally sprinkle sugar on mine, but why I don’t use sanding sugar escapes me. It is so much prettier. I’ll do that today!

  21. says

    Hi, Yvonne,

    Fabulous photos….I’m off to make some scones right now because of them!

    I used to do a lot of canning and many years ago came up with my very own “Lavender Jelly” recipe. It’s a beautiful clear violet color and I cannot wait to try it on your scones…..yum!


  22. Anonymous says

    Love your blog and all the wonderful recipes, might I make a small suggestion that the recipes be more printer friendly. That would be a big help to all of us that hate buying printer ink at $65 a pop. Thanks so much!!
    The picture and your write ups are fabulous. Great job.

    Mary L

  23. says

    I would like one of those delicious looking scones right now. My mouth is watering at the very site of them. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

  24. says

    Yvonne — your scones look so delectible. Growing up my mother made pan fried (bread) scones. When I moved to the west, I discovered that they deep fried scones. I like them all and these look particularly inviting. Joni

  25. says

    Yvonne…I cannot believe that I almost missed this post! Oh, I WANT one, lol. When I made Sour Cream Scones for a Gooseberry Patch review, I so wanted to brush the tops with cream and sand them with course sugar. I didn’t because I wanted to do the recipe just how it was written BUT next time I am…I can just taste that crunchy goodness!


  26. says

    Oh Yvonne~ ~ ~I have been searching for a great recipe for scones. I have tried many and to my dismay they were dry and heavy. Yours look flakey and light can’t wait to try them.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  27. says

    Works of art! I’ve only made scones once & I must have worked the dough too much. They didn’t come out anywhere near a big & fluffy as yours. :( I now have some sanding sugar in the house, so I can’t wait to try your version. Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas & recipes & inspiration you provide, Yvonne. I just ♥ coming to visit you!

  28. says

    I have just found your lovely site through “La Table de Nana” and have loved my visit with those scrummy scones. I will drop by again.

  29. says

    I have never wanted to make scones until seeing yours! They look delish! Like you said not the dry variety kind, so I will be adding to my to do list! Thanks for sharing!

  30. says

    Hello Yvonne,
    Cannot remember how I found my way here~ I have been in soewhat of a trance:) However I just wanted to tell you that I didn’t know how totally immersed I was in this post until at the end I realized my nose was six inches from the screen and I think I had almost stopped breathing! Lovely scones and such beautiful photos!! Amazingly beautiful….thank you.

  31. says

    I made your scones this weekend for a bridal shower tea and they were delicious! They were so easy to make, and everyone loved them! Thanks!

  32. says

    Simply lovely scones! Made them to celebrate the Royal Wedding and shared them with my family. We enjoyed Lemon Curd on them. Completely yum. Thanks for sharing this delight!

  33. says

    Wow! Absolutely beautiful! I just found you on Pinterest, and scones are my all time favorite. I will try to make your recipe gluten free…if successful, I will be sure to link you.


  34. says

    OOO, I am about to go into cardiac arrest right here.
    These are so beautiful and look so delicious.
    I am on the hunt for a good low fat, sugar free, whole wheat flour, “better for you” scone recipe. If ever you come across one…plezzzzzzz let me know. :)

  35. says

    I made these and I used organic flour, I substituted Chobani greek plain yogurt for the sour cream, added fresh blueberries and they were so good that I made them twice in two weeks!! Delicious!! Thank you for the recipe. So moist and delicious!! ~~Blessings to you and your family, Annabell :)

  36. says

    I just made your scones and they turned out perfect! Thank you for the recipe! I would like to add that if someone does not have a food processor you can use a pastry cutter and they will still turn out great. I added vanilla beans to my dough and it added all those beautiful black speckles.

  37. Anonymous says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Many moons ago a family friend, who is also English, shared her family recipe for scones with my family and I fell instantly in love. Now I live on my own, several states away from my family and miss my mom’s baking. Making these scones will bring back memories and be a treat for my taste buds.

  38. says

    tried them and I don’t have much experience to compare them too, mom used to add sugar to bisquits and call them scones for strawberry shortcake, and I’ve tried one at a coffee shop and it was heavy and icky…blek…but I just tried these, the sour cream drew me and they are so good flaky but soft and moist inside I just had two with strawberry jelly….mmmmmmmmmmm I made a huge mess though that I have to clean up :) Thanks for the recipe and for those wondering if its as good a recipe as it looks it totally is

  39. Anonymous says

    I have a batch in the oven. I cannot wait until they are finished. Thanks for the recipe, it was easy to follow with fabulous photos! :)

  40. denise says

    These look delicious- any chance you have a print version available? It’s either a lot of ink or a lot of copy/paste for me to save this :)

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